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Clerical error forces Blazers to play without C.J. McCollum

Here’s something you don’t see very often. Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts told reporters pregame that C.J. McCollum would be in the starting lineup...and then he wasn’t. Why? A clerical error by Stotts and his staff. Let’s Jason Quick explain it:

The confusion spilled over into the game, when McCollum was sent back to the locker room to change into street clothes, while rookie guard Luis Montero (who was mistakenly listed as active) changed into his uniform.

This is a pretty bizarre situation, one you don’t see very often in the NBA. We should get more clarity after the game as to what exactly happened, but no answer will help the Blazers right now, while they’re forced to play without their second-best player.